A home activity might be to ask students to talk with their families
about any portraits they might have including photographs, especially
ones that are of grandparents and great-grandparents. Color copies of
these portraits with information about the subjects can be made and
placed in the classroom.
from The Department of Education and Skills, UK: http://www.dfee.gov.uk/parents/discover/portrait/portrait.htm
Portraits In Our Lives
- Go around the
house with your child and try to spot all the different portraits.
Look for paintings, drawings, photographs, fabrics and sculptures.
You can find pictures of people on everything from coins and pottery
to packaging and advertisements.
- Talk with your
child about why each portrait is there.
- Is it a
picture or photograph that you have kept to remind you of someone
from the past, or someone you like or miss?
- Is it just
a picture that you like?
- Is the
portrait being used to sell a product (like a photograph of
a happy baby on a baby product)?
- Does it
help to show where a product comes from (like a maple leaf used
to symbolize Canada)?
Make Your Own
to make their own collection of portraits. They could include:
- their own photographs
or drawings of family, friends and other people working, playing,
relaxing or celebrating important events
of themselves or other people at different ages, or wearing particular
types of clothes (such as sports kit or party outfits)
- pictures of
people who come from different parts of the world
- postcards and
posters of interesting people
- cartoons of
Talk about the
portraits with your child and ask why they have included them in their
booklet for parents (in PDF) format is available here:
Create a Family